GLASGOW — Community members from different walks of life visited Glasgow High School for an Adulting Day event Wednesday, and they spoke to seniors about various topics.
Kaleb Crowe, a social studies teacher at GHS, said the idea behind this activity came from when they got feedback from students who felt that they go into the real world and struggle with everyday issues like taxes, credit cards, budgets and how to fix household items and deal with car trouble.
So GHS reached out to community members with expertise in these areas to come in and speak to the students and answer any of their questions, Crowe said, adding that during one the morning sessions, Ervin Sorrell — of U.S. Bank — gave the seniors a lot of great information about credit cards.
“There’s a bad stigma with credit cards,” Crowe said. “In actuality, you really need a credit card and it helps build up credit.”
Jim Lee, executive vice president of support services for T.J. Regional Health, said he spoke to the students about aligning themselves with a primary care provider, “and the appropriate use of services like urgent care’s, E.R.’s, stuff like that — because I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding about that.”
A person’s primary health care shouldn’t be directed by an E.R. or urgent care provider, Lee said, adding that health care in general is moving more toward prevention as opposed to treatment.
Lee said it would be beneficial for students to have the mindset: “If I take ownership of my health and prevent some things that could be happening to me down the road, then my health care path is going to be a lot cleaner.”
The information the seniors learned from community members is important as they transition to life after high school, Lee said.
“I think you’ve got kids that are making a transition in a new phase of their life, and they’re taking on responsibilities that primarily their parents have been taking care of,” Lee said. “Whether their journey is into the workplace or into post-secondary education, it’s important that they begin to take ownership of some of those things that their parents have handled for them up to this point.”
Crowe said it was really cool to see the students learning about these topics and observing their reactions to certain ideas.
“As a teacher, we try to teach them as much as we can whenever we can, but it’s really hard from time to time to teach them things like how to balance a credit card when I’m teaching them about Napoleon and the French Revolution,” he said. “This is a really vital day for these kids because it’s going to give them not all the information they need, but a head start — something that they may not get somewhere else.”